The Sims 2 The Sims 3: Riverview

Broke family
Name Broke family
Number of generations 4 generations
Family connections Newbie family, Caliente family, Pleasant family, Simovitch family
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Brandi was left to raise two boys alone following her husband's suspicious pool ladder accident. With Dustin acting out, can Brandi teach young Beau to make the right choices in life?
Members Brandi Broke, Dustin Broke, Beau Broke, Unborn baby Broke
Lot 55 Woodland Drive
Funds §929
Other Information
Game The Sims 2 Icon.png The Sims 2
Playability Playable
Neighborhood Pleasantview
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When Flo and Flat met in high school, sparks flew. Life has never been easy but as long as they are together they find a way to have fun. When Flat's brother Buck showed up with two kids and no wife, they just invited him to move in. The more the merrier.
Members Flat Broke, Flo Broke, Ruby Broke, Skip Broke, Buck Broke, Trigger Broke, Susie Broke
Lot 49 Ely Road
Funds §600
Other Information
Game TS3RV Icon.png The Sims 3 Store
Playability Playable
Neighborhood Riverview

The Broke family is a playable family who appear in Pleasantview, the town shipped with The Sims 2, and in Riverview, a town purchasable from The Sims 3 Store. In both games, as their last name suggests, they are fairly short on Simoleons.

The Sims 2

In The Sims 2, the Broke family resides in Pleasantview. It consists of Brandi Broke, widow of Skip Broke; Dustin Broke, a rebellious teen street hawker going steady with Angela Pleasant; and Beau Broke, a toddler who is not well learned in his essential toddler skills. When the family is first played, Brandi is pregnant with her third child from the deceased Skip. Brandi is also the daughter of Bob and Betty Newbie, a married couple that was introduced in The Sims. However, she does not appear in The Sims, likely because she hadn't been born yet at the time.

As the name suggests, they have a monetary situation, supposedly because Brandi has just lost her husband and source of income. The family has around §930 in funds, which wouldn't be so bad if it had any source of income other than Dustin's teen job. The family has a net worth of around §25,000, and Brandi does have one or two things which can be sold for cash, but that's not a long-term solution to the family's financial problems.

The Broke family has a box of pizza in their house at the start of the game, though in some releases the box will be empty.


In The Sims 3, the Broke family lives in a small "caravan park" in Riverview. They are the poorest family in the town and their caravans are very cheaply decorated. They share a similar economic status to the Crosby family. In the Riverview graveyard, there is a grave of Bernard Broke, who drowned as an adult. He may be the father or brother of Flat and Buck, but he does not appear in the family tree.

During their time in Riverview, it is clear that Flat, Flo, Ruby, and Buck only work part-time jobs with low pay. This could be an explanation for their poverty.

Of all of the family members in The Sims 3, only Flat, Flo, and Skip are mentioned in The Sims 2. What happened to the others is not known. No members of the family appear in The Sims, though all of them except Flat and Flo are young enough to have been alive during that time.

In The Sims 3, almost all Brokes have either the Slob or Party Animal traits. This is probably why none of the adults can hold a full-time job. Skip and Mary Lu (who is a Broke by marriage) are the only ones who don't have either of those traits, possibly due to them not being actual Brokes by genetic value. All Brokes, with the exception of Ruby and Skip, wear cheap clothes and enjoy electronica music.

Lunar Lakes

Octavia Broke is a homeless Sim who resides in the store world Lunar Lakes. She is likely a descendant of the Broke family because Lunar Lakes is populated by the descendants of SimNation sims. However, she is of different ethnicity and does not have the slob or party animal traits, so may not be related... ==Onomatology== Broke: "to become destitute of money or possession."

  • Brandi: "burning wine," "brandy".
  • Skip: "master of a ship".
  • Dustin: "Thor's stone".
  • Beau: "handsome".
  • Flat: pun meaning "completely penniless".
  • Flo: "flower," "prosperous," "flowering," "blossoming," "charming," "flourishing".
  • 'Buck: a nickname that simply means "buck" (a male deer).
  • Mary Lu: from Mary and Louisa, meaning "beloved" and "famous warrior," respectively.
  • Trigger: possibly from "trigger," a finger-operated lever used to operate a gun.
  • Susie: from Susan, meaning "rose".
  • Ruby: simply means "ruby," the precious stone.

Family tree

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The Broke Family
Flat - Flo - Buck - Mary Lu - Trigger - Susie - Ruby - Skip - Brandi - Dustin - Beau - Unborn Baby
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